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KCK Police Department’s Headquarters reopens after being evacuated due to gas leak

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. --  The Kansas City, Kan., Police Department was evacuated Thursday morning due to reports of a gas leak but has since reopened.

All officers and employees, about 20 people at the time, were asked to leave the building around 7:44 a.m., when Police Chief Terry Zeigler reported smelling gas in the police department's parking garage.

Around 8:04 a.m., KCK Police Chief Terry Zeigler tweeted that the police headquarters had been cleared, and crews believe the leak is in a nearby building at 7th and Minnesota.

After further investigation, firefighters believe they've isolated the leak to the Subway and Nick's Italian Pizza, although as of 8:55 a.m., crews had not determined which of the two restaurants the leak was in so those restaurants have both been evacuated. The leak is believed to be the result of faulty equipment.

The gas in both of the buildings has been turned off until they can both air out.

So far no injuries have been reported.

The gas leak did not affect the 911 dispatch office because that is at a different location.

FOX 4 has a crew on the scene and will provide updates as they become available.